We send our kid to a private Christian Academy and we LOVE IT!
Her class has 7 kids in it. They teach the hardest #1 curriculum in the country, have a major no nonsense policy, uber strict PDA policy, and the kids are brilliant and they work hard to make sure every kid succeeds. They are 2 steps ahead grade wise than the local public schools and every kid that has graduated has gotten an academic scholarship. We struggle sending her there, it's 30 minuets away and costs a fortune in gas alone. Tuition is very reasonable though.
We have two options on public. We have a small school only 5 minuets away and it would probably be fine if we couldn't afford private. The other is horrific. There were 13 pregnancies this year, 13!!!!!!! They have a new state of the art football field, but not enough text books to go around and the kids have to share. Bullying is rampant, local politics and family disputes are played out in the classroom and on the playground, and the teachers are worthless. There is no way on earth I would send her there.
The only thing my kids school is lacking is a sports program. The directors approached the public superintendent and tried to get them to allow ours to participate. WE ARE PAYING THE SAME TAXES. But he declined. Several students have left our school because of this and it's sad, several have returned when their grades dropped or they couldn't deal with the mess over there.
I just got my kid a horse and am going to enroll her in 4H!
As far as the "Christian" aspect... I think it it's great. Their goal is to surround the kids in a successful LEARNING environment and instill and support the values and morals that are found in the Bible and in the home. They don't preach at or to them, they don't discuss private affairs (one of the kids mom is a Lesbian). Who cares! The basis follows "do unto others", and learning the basic moral functions of society.
One of the biggest rules is that the kids refrain from inappropriate secular music and television. That one WE get a pass on... We own and operate a music venue!
There have been a few court cases where public schools would not allow home schooled kids to "play in their games" after school. Same principle - they pay taxes. The public schools lost each time. It might be worth it to research cases - b/c people tend to change their tune when they are faced w multiple decisions that indicate they are on the wrong end of a potential legal argument.